NAKAMURA UMENOSUKE IV

Stage name:

Nakamura Umenosuke IV In Japanese

Real name: Mitsui Teruo

Guild: Narikomaya

Line number: YODAIME (IV)

Existence: 18 February 1930 ~ 18 January 2016

Connections:

Grandfather: Nakamura Kan'emon II

Father: Nakamura Kan'emon III

Son: Nakamura Baijaku II

Career:

March 1939: he made his first appearance on stage at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘, receiving the name of Nakamura Umenosuke and playing the role of the sword-holder Otowaka in the dance "Kanjinch˘".

December 1972: Umenosuke played for the first time the role of Sakanaya S˘gor˘ in the drama "Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa", which was performed during a Zenshinza tour.

December 1973: Umenosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the prestigious role of Musashib˘ Benkei in the dance-drama "Kanjinch˘".

June 1976: Umenosuke played at the National Theatre the role of Tamiya Iemon in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "T˘kaid˘ Yotsuya Kaidan"; the role of Oiwa was played by Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V.

1977: Umenosuke played the leading role of the NHK taiga (literally "big river") drama "Kajin".

December 1978: Umenosuke played at the Shinbashi Enbuj˘ the role of Sae Daigakunosuke in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Ehon Gapp˘-ga-Tsuji".

December 1980: Umenosuke played for the first time the role of Sukeemon in the drama "Ohama Goten", which was staged at the Kabukiza.

December 1981: Umenosuke played at the National Theatre the role of Gantetsu in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Oroku to Gantetsu"; the role of Oroku was played by Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V.

August 1983: Umenosuke played at the National Theatre the role of Gonsuke in Tsuruya Nanboku IV's drama "Kachi Zum˘ Ukina no Hanabure"; his stage partners were Kawarazaki Kunitar˘ V and Arashi Keishi in the roles of Oshun and Shirafuji Genta.

April 1992: Umenosuke received the Matsuo Artistic Prize (Matsuo Gein˘ Sh˘) for his performance in the roles of Tomiz˘ and S˘gor˘ in Kawatake Shinshichi II's drama "Shisen Ry˘ Koban no Ume no Ha".

October 1993: Umenosuke received the 48th Artistic Prize of the Japanese Government Cultural Agency (bunkach˘ geijutsusai sh˘) for his performance in the role of Mohŕ in the drama "Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri".

May 2013: Umenosuke appeared on stage for the last time, in T˘ky˘ at the National Theatre, where he played the role of the guard Jinnai in the drama "Ohama Goten Tsunatoyo-ky˘".

18 January 2016: Umenosuke passed away.

Comments:

Nakamura Umenosuke IV was a talented and popular tachiyaku and leader of the second generation of actors of the Zenshinza troupe.

Nakamura Umenosuke IV's best roles were Shunkan ("Heike Nyogo no Shima"), Sakanaya S˘gor˘ ("Shin Sarayashiki Tsuki no Amagasa"), Mohŕ ("Ippon Gatana Dohy˘ Iri"), Kumedera Danj˘ ("Kenuki") and Tominomori Sukeemon ("Ohama Goten").

The Nakamura Umenosuke line of actors

 
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